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SAD 4 students will be taking the classroom outside

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GUILFORD — SAD 4 students will now have an opportunity to spend more time outdoors. During the summer of 2017 a school-to-school nature trail was built connecting the elementary school to the high school. This path was developed with assistance provided by the Maine Grants & Community Recreation Program Bureau of Parks and Lands, through the Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program.

In addition to the school to school trail, SAD 4 also received funding for an outdoor learning space, the “Piscataquis Community Outdoor Classroom.” The project was spearheaded by grade 5-6 teacher Grace McGeehan and funded by Friends of Acadia to help get kids outdoors. With the outdoor classroom available students in many different classes have been taking advantage of the learning outside opportunities.

Currently the outdoor classroom, is just an area outside. Fifth- and sixth-graders are taking a course called “Place Making, and Design.” These students will be learning about how to design a classroom that will enhance their education. The pupils will be interviewing their peers and teachers, and putting together multiple design options for the outdoor space.

Even the cold temperatures are not holding them back. The students spent one day outside recently snowshoeing and packing down the space.

Photos courtesy of PCES grade 5-6 teacher Grace McGeehan
PISCATAQUIS COMMUNITY OUTDOOR CLASSROOM — A trail is now in place between Piscataquis Community Elementary School and Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, and PCES grade 5-6 students are currently working on the forthcoming Piscataquis Community Outdoor Classroom in the class “Place Making, and Design.” These pupils will be learning about how to design a classroom that will enhance their education.

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